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Queer Rican Event at NMPRAC

Posted on 22 November 2016 by alejandro

A Critical Community Praxis on Meaning and Identity

Queer Rican Event at NMPRAC

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On Saturday, October 22, Lawrence La Fountain, Puerto Rican author, performer, and academic Lawrence La Fountain spoke at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, to an audience of over 75, about his book, “Queer Ricans.”

Lawrence spoke to his identification as a young gay man in Puerto Rico, overcoming obstacles and fear, and along the way becoming grounded in his identity. He touched on many different issues, among them the Puerto Rican fiscal crisis, the Puerto Rican Diaspora, LatinX identity and freedom for Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera. Emmanuel Garcia, activist and journalist, led the Q and A session, fielding questions from the audience and where possible, connecting them to the larger issues discussed.

Emmanuel also led a Panel discussion with Humboldt Park neighborhood teens on LatinX life. Suzy Schultz of Public Narrative, also led an Audience Storytelling workshop that integrated audience personal stories into the broader themes touched by La Fountain.

The event was part of “Home is Where the Art Is” — a collaborative effort of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and Public Narrative, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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La Marqueta of East Harlem revives the Spirit of Lares with Don Rafael Cancel Miranda

Posted on 21 November 2016 by alejandro

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A crowd of 400 plus full of patriotic energy in the La Marqueta, in East Harlem waited anxiously to hear the words of their National Hero on Friday, September 23, 2016.

This year we had the privilege to honor Don Rafael Cancel Miranda and our commemoration of the heroic people of El Grito de Lares of September 23, 1868 in the affirmation of nationhood. Don Rafael and his comrades illustrated the transcendental passage of a struggle of resistance against colonialism from one generation in the 19th Century to another in the 20th Century. Don Rafael brought us back to the 1950’s. He reaffirmed our historical memory of the heroic actions of Lolita Lebron, Irvin Flores, Andres Figueroa Cordero and himself, all lived at that time in New York City (the diaspora), when on March of 1954, they marked a historical event that shocked the foundations of US imperialism and modeled for the rest of oppressed nations, in particular, Latin America, the route to liber- ation. Don Rafael said: “What motivated me as a young man of 23 to go to Washington, DC on the attack on Congress was the LOVE for my people”.

He explained the farce of the US in its establishment of the Commonwealth and lack of self-determination in Puerto Rico. Then he assures that 61 years later a er spending almost 30 years in the worst prisons in the US, he feels vindicated that now the US Supreme Court and Congress agrees that Puerto Rico did not obtain any form of sovereignty in 1950s. He spoke of the brave compatriots, women and men that were imprisoned in 1980s, that includes Oscar Lopez Rivera. He spoke of the heroic actions of five women that lived in the diaspora. Again, reaffirming the important role of the Puerto Rican diaspora in the struggle to free the homeland.

Clarisa Lopez, Oscar’s daughter, spoke of the importance to mobilize to Washington, DC on October 9, 2016 and urged people to sign up for bus trip on the table of literature. Over 60 persons signed up that night and over 300 petitions were singed and 500 palm cards distributed.

The crowd’s applauses and chants were louder than the sounds of the train that passed above us. The chants of “FREE OSCAR” transcended the iron pillars of the structure and hopefully reached to the White House for the immediate release of our beloved Oscar Lopez Rivera.

We heard performances from our favorite performers Fernandito Ferrer and La Banda Acustica that played their recently release CD “Mi querido Rafael” songs of different genres that explains all of Don Rafael’s life and struggle.

This year, El Grito de Lares marked another historical event that will remain in our historical memory forever. i?Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!!

By Ana M. Lopez, NYC Coordinator to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

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Ceiba Award Gala – NMPRAC. Honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda & Antonio Martorell / Sept. 22 2016

Posted on 21 November 2016 by alejandro

“I AM HUMBLE, BEYOND HUMBLE, BEYOND HUMBOLDT PARK!” – Lin Manuel – Miranda

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HISTORY WAS MADE AT THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN MUSEUM!

The smell of lechon (pork) filled the air as it slowly cooked in an outdoor pit for everyone to see. Traditional Puerto Rican music enchanted the ears of the 600+ people who attended the sold out event to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s (NMPRAC) 3rd Annual Gala, Raices: A Celebration of our Roots.

NMPRAC’s home at the beautiful historic Humboldt Park stables on the corner of Division and Sacramento hosted this exciting evening as people were immersed in Puerto Rican art, culture, cuisine and music. It was “El Campo” meets “Hollywood” as the red carpet, theatre lighting, Puerto Rican artists and musicians playing Bomba and Plena music, transformed the parking lot into a gala atmosphere. Local legend John Roeser and Roeser’s Bakery created an ornate 3-foot cake replica of the Ceiba Award, which awed the crowd as they entered the main gallery of the museum, it was a piece of edible art.

WGNs, Ana Belaval, was the always-entertaining Mistress of Ceremonies for the third year in a row, and Segundo Ruiz Belvis’s performance dedicated to the awardees motivated both Miranda and Martorell to get up and dance, wowing the crowd.

Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of ComEd and the gala’s presenting sponsor, delivered remarks expressing their on-going commitment to NMPRAC as the rst sponsor to ever partner with the museum 15 years ago. Jose R. Sanchez, Gala Co-Chair and CEO of Norwegian American Hospital expressed his enthusiasm with the opportunity to conceptualize and coordinate several muse- um partnerships that will continue to foster mutually-benecial relationships between the hospital and the community for years to come.

NMPRAC’s CEO, Billy Ocasio, introduced a trailer documentary based on the life of the 2016 Ceiba Award recipient, legendary Artist, Antonio Martorell. is was followed by e Miracle Center’s excellent performance of a medley of Hamilton songs, which got the crowd to give these students a standing ovation.

Ocasio then presented the 2016 Ceiba Award to creative genius, Lin-Manuel Miranda. As both recipients expressed their sincere appreciation of being honored by receiving the coveted 2016 Ceiba Award, both Martorell and Miranda called on President Obama to release Oscar Lopez Rivera, making this a highlight of their speeches.

The exquisite night was concluded by Puerto Rico’s multi-award winning Jazz Artist, Humberto Ramirez, per- forming with a 16-piece band all made possible by Ventana Al Jazz and Puerto Rican Tourism.This historic evening would not have been possible without the support of NMPRAC’s Board of Directors, Sta , Sponsors and supporters and family – thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication in preserving and promoting Puerto Rican art and culture.

For information on the NMPRAC please visit us at nmprac.org

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During 38th Puerto Rican Peoples Parade: Nancy Franco Maldonado’s life Celebrated- Orlando Victims Commemorated- Oscar López Rivera’s Freedom Demanded

Posted on 04 August 2016 by Kevin Garcia

Thousands of people gathered on Paseo Boricua on Saturday, June 18, 2016 to celebrate the life of our very own Nancy Franco Maldonado- who posthoumously served as the 2016 Grand Marshal; to remember the victims of the Orlando, Florida massacre under the slogan “Con Orgullo y Duelo”; to commemorate the 50th Anniverary of the Division Street Riots of 1966. The Parade was led by Ald. Roberto Maldonado and Nancy’s family, and included a large contingent of people in solidarity with those massacred in Orlando and demanding the release of Oscar López Rivera.

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UTC Revels in Successful Run

Posted on 07 March 2016 by Kevin Garcia

By Dolores Diaz, PRCC Staff

UrbanTheater Company celebrated the final performance of José Rivera’s “Adoration of the Old Woman,” directed by Juan Castañeda, on Friday March 13 with a sold-out closing party complete with music, food and family at their newly renovated Bat
y Urbano space on 2620 W. Division St. The rainy afternoon began with coquitos and a performance on Spanish guitar by Armando Quintero that set the tone for the event with intriguing melodies and rich percussive beats foreshadowing the dramatic moments of the play. As lights grew dim, the thick feel of a closing performance hung in the air and delivered – actors dug in deep for their final portrayals in front of a packed house for the Midwest premiere. The cast rose to the challenge of navigating the changing landscapes presented by the play – part ghost-story, part political cScreenshot 2016-06-08 12.25.22ommentary and part love-triangle – with especially notable performances for the demanding roles of Adoración (Melissa Duprey) and Doña Belen (Nydia Castillo). Following gran aplausos at curtain call, the audience filed into the lobby for a homemade dinner of arroz con gandules and mostaccioli enjoyed over jazz saxophone and guitar accompaniment by JL Music, wit
h Roy Mc- Grath on saxophone and Hans Luchs on guitar. Community attendees included Juan Ramírez, founder and artistic director of the former Latino Chicago Theater Company who paved the way for UTC; UTC Co-Founder Madrid St. Angelo; Juan Linares the Executive Director of LUCHA (Latin United Communit
y House Association); Monica Torres-Linares, Managing Counsel at Justicia Attorneys; and Melinda Power of West Town Law. Out-of-state visitor Vicki Grise, playwright of The Panza Monologues, was also in the audience visiting from New York. Up next at UrbanTheater Company is “Lolita de Lares” by Migdalia Cruz that will run from June 10-July 10 with previews June 6-9. The play explores the remarkable and real-life story of Dolores (Lolita) Lebrón, a Puerto Rican Nationalist Party member who served 25 years in prison for spearheading a 1954 armed attack on the U.S. House of Representatives. Tickets are available now at urbantheaterchicago. org. UTC is currently in its 10th season with funding from the Chicago Community Trust.

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QOS and UPRS Celebrate Puerto Rican, African and Caribbean Cultures and Promote Solidarity

Posted on 07 March 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Rebecca Rios, Editor, Que Ondee Sola, NEIU

 

Que Ondee Sola Magazine (QOS) and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) at Northeastern Illinois University hosted Plantando Semillas on Thursday, April 14th. The annual event highlights the social, political and cultural connections between Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Dr. Yarimar Bonilla, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, gave the keynote address and spoke about colonialism and political practices in the Caribbean. Her lecture provided a visual c
artographic perspective of colonialism, sovereignty and non-sovereign struggles in the Antilles from 1804 (Haitian independence) to Screenshot 2016-06-08 12.03.012016. Dr. Bonilla is the author of a seminal work on non-sovereign futures focused on the French Caribbean. Guests included Hon. Jesus Rodriguez- Espinoza, the Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago, Hon. Marcelino Miranda, Consul for Consular Assistance and Legal Affairs from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, and Hon. Marie Casimir, Consultant from the Consulate General of Haiti in Chicago. Hon. Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza discussed historical implications of colonization on political relationships between Latin America and Africa. He explained the importance of making those connections and getting rid of European or U.S. “middleman” in diplomacy. He also explained the importance of policy in Venezuela, since Hugo Chavez took power, against imperialism and interventionism. Hon. Marcelino Miranda spoke about the cultural landscape of Mexico in relation to Belize, where he lived for many years. He noted the difference between diversity and inclusion. In Belize, he said, people identified with African roots and everyone, regardless of ethnicity, spoke creole. He said this was very different from Mexico. In Mexico, he explained, a small African population existed but was not talkScreenshot 2016-06-08 12.02.46ed about. Hon. Marie Casimir provided insights into the historical and political connections between Haiti and Latin American. Haiti, she explained, was the first country in the Western Hemisphere to become independent. Alexandre Pétion, from Haiti, aided Simon Bolivar with supplies, soldiers and a printing press in his struggle to liberate Latin America from Spanish colonial rule. This support was crucial in Bolivar’s struggle and, one could argue, it made his success possible, said Casimir. The event also hosted two musical performances. Gerald Alfred, from Kreyòl Roots in Chicago, performed Haitian music to give the audience a taste of the culture, which incorporates love, resistance and hope into song. Finally, Chris Rios and Noele Contreras performed a salsa piece that was upbeat and energetic. Students from LLAS 225: Puerto Ricans and the Caribbean worked in collaboration with QOS and UPRS to put together the event. A group of students from Clemente Community Academy also participated. Over 50 people attended.

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Can Bread And Puppet’s Play Get Obama To Pardon A Jailed Puerto Rican Activist?

Posted on 06 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Greg Cook, 90.9WBUR

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When Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater brought its show “The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera” to New York’s Theater for the New City last December, a woman arrived at the opening night with a letter from López Rivera himself and read it aloud to the crowd before the show. “I would like to thank the members of the Bread and Puppet Theater for its solidarity with the campaign for my excarceration,” Lopez Rivera wrote. “I’m extremely grateful for the support you’re giving me and for all the support you have given to just and noble causes. … Puerto Ricans, who have struggled for the independence and sovereignty of our beloved homeland, have a good appreciation of how important compassion and solidarity are to keep the spirits strong and hopes alive especially when we have had to face oppression, criminalization and imprisonment. I believe no one should accept colonialism no matter where it exists or who practices it, because it’s a crime against humanity.” “We weren’t anticipating it,” puppeteer Joe Therrien says. “That was incredible. We were all just backstage. … It felt really personal to me.” Bread and Puppet Theater, which was founded by Peter Schumann in New York in 1963, is known for its tradition of distributing fresh baked bread free to audiences at the end of performances; its monumental, mythic papier-mâché puppets; and its participation in street protests against the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, American torture. The company was also one of the landmark New York experimental theaters of the 1960s—and continues to elaborate its signature blend of vanguard performance, expressionist dance and folk pageantry. “Peter has said the point [of this show] is to bring enough attention to it that [President] Obama will pardon him before he gets out of office,” Therrien says. “We didn’t expect to hear from him [López Rivera].” Bread and Puppet has long critiqued the problems of the world. But often the issues can seem big and abstract, impenetrable or far away. So the shows become as much about inspiring people not to give up hope as they are about protest. But the Oscar Lopez Rivera show has more specific, concrete, immediate aims. Could this play—which the company will perform at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Tower Auditorium in Boston at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 17 to 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21—actually help win a presidential pardon for Lopez Rivera? “Because of the urgency to get these things to the staff of Obama, because he can grant clemency, we wanted to push the issue as well as can be done,” Schumann says. Then he quips, “And because presidents usually do exactly what puppeteers tell them to, we have a chance here.” More seriously, he adds, “If the public gets excited about an issue that makes a huge difference.” Bread and Puppet Theater performs “The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera” in Glover, Vermont, in August 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR) Bread and Puppet Theater performs “The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera” in Glover, Vermont, in August 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR) Oscar López Rivera is a Vietnam veteran who became a housing activist and a founder of a Latino cultural center in Chicago. But he was also part of the Puerto Rican independence group FALN, a Spanish acronym for Armed Forces of National Liberation, which claimed credit for bombings in the 1970s and ‘80s, mainly in New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico. Primarily the group seems to have attacked unpopulated buildings, but some of their blasts allegedly killed a handful of people and injured dozens. Lopez Rivera was convicted in 1981 not of any specific bombings, but for seditious conspiracy—plotting to overthrow the United States government in Puerto Rico—as well as armed robbery and other charges. Sentenced to more than five decades in prison, his sentence was extended in the late ’80s for plotting an escape. President Bill Clinton offered to reduce his sentence in 1999, but Lopez Rivera turned it down, reportedly because not all the group’s imprisoned members were offered clemency. Opponents of his release allege that he turned down the offer because he would have been required to renounce violence. Of the more than a dozen members of the group convicted in the early 1980s, he’s the last still in prison. Bread and Puppet’s show arrives as part of a growing movement calling for his release. “He went to prison not for what he did, but for what he preached,” Schumann says. “That is a clear cut case of political imprisonment.” Bread and Puppet’s relationship with the Puerto Rican community goes back to nearly the theater’s beginnings in New York. “One of the first big parades with very large puppets was a Puerto Rican Day parade and it was for voter registration,” Schumann says. One of the theater’s landmark early shows, “A Man Says Goodbye to his Mother” from 1965 or ’66, was inspired by the damage of the Vietnam War to New York’s Puerto Rican community. Schumann says, “There was a group of Puerto Rican mothers who had made something like a club because they had all received the same letter, which began, ‘We regret to inform you…’ Which meant their sons had been killed in Vietnam.” In that show, a soldier goes abroad to bomb his enemy, ultimately killing a child, then is killed himself by the child’s mother in revenge. His body gets sent back home to his own mother. It feels like one of those Greek tragedies in which killing is an inevitable, unbreakable cycle. Last winter, Schumann was encouraged to create a show about Lopez Rivera by Rosa Luisa Márquez, a theater professor at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, who for three decades has been a conduit for Puerto Ricans to perform with the company. “It was only logical that, knowing Bread and Puppet’s commitment to social justice and freedom, evident in many shows about individual and collective injustice,” Márquez tells me via email, “they should take into account the life of Oscar Lopez Rivera and his quest for the freedom for Puerto Rico and our collective struggle to help ex-carcelate him from such an extraordinary sentence for imagining a better world, for ‘conspiring seditiously’ against a colonial power such as the U.S.A. and its total control over Puerto Rico.” “It’s a big issue in Puerto Rico,” Schumann says. “The right and the left are all pleading with Obama to set this man free.” Bread and Puppet Theater performs “The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera” in Glover, Vermont, in August 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR) Bread and Puppet Theater performs “The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera” in Glover, Vermont, in August 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR) Rehearsals for “The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera” began a year ago with a few performers at the company’s home on a farm in Glover, Vermont. It started as a small clown show, but the production— and cast—grew during the theater’s summer internship program into something monumental and dark. In Boston, it will be performed by a small core group of traveling puppeteers augmented by local volunteers. The play is an indictment of American imperialism— in Puerto Rico as well as in its wars abroad. As Schumann puts it: “This total fake democracy here that pretends to spread peace and harmony by spreading as much war as possible.” The show includes a version of “Man Says Goodbye…” as well as modern dance, giant puppets, poetic and didactic monologues, cruel clowns, mournful ruminations on war, and stark confrontations with the realities of prison. It is not a linear drama, but a series of actions and vignettes. There are striking symbolic images, for example in a prison scene performers sit under a single, bare light blub facing a gray painting of a cell. One by one, they run headlong into the picture and crumple to the ground. “He was in solitary confinement for 12 years,” Schumann says, “which is deemed by most people to be a form of torture.” “Peter responded to the life of Puerto Rico’s Mandela, who’s been in jail for 35 years as he has responded to other important social and political issues that are the essence of his work,” Márquez writes. “The U.S. audience is left with the strong visual image of a man unjustly imprisoned and tortured by the country that prides itself of being the overseer of justice and peace in the world. If theater can make people aware of that, and if by chance, President Obama, the only person that can overturn his sentence, can be made aware of his pardon, then theater has accomplished a concrete goal. In the meantime, more people are made aware of this injustice through the profound power of art.”

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E ola, e ola, e ola n? kini e!* Kekuni Blaisdell

Posted on 06 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by L. Alejandro Molina,

National Boricua Human Rights Network The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center extend their deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Richard “Kekuni” Blaisdell, exemplary educator, historian and visionary activist in the struggle for Hawaiian Independence. I was privileged to coordinate Ka Ho’okolokolonui K?naka Maoli – Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawai’i 1993 of which Dr. Richard “Kekuni” Blaisdell was the convenor. He later visited Chicago with a contingent of Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaians), which were the Honorary Marshals in the 1994 Screenshot 2016-06-08 10.41.36 Peoples Parade. Over the course of twelve days in August 1993, the United States and the state of Hawai’i were put on trial for crimes against the original people of Hawai’i, the K?naka Maoli, by the People’s International Tribunal Hawai’i. This panel of international judges was convened to hear charges of genocide, ethnocide, the taking of the Hawaiian sovereign government and the destruction of its environment. Kekuni was deeply committed to the struggle of the Puerto Rican people for independence and in support of freedom for Puerto Rican political prisoners. Kekuni was an unforgettable man who strove to meet his historical responsibility at an extraordinary moment in the struggle for Hawaiian independence- the centennial commemoration of the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1993. We first met at the 1992 International TriScreenshot 2016-06-08 10.41.43bunal of Indigenous Peoples and Oppressed Nations in San Francisco entitled “USA on Trial”, as part of the resistance against the quincentennial celebrations of the Columbian Expedition. During the Tribunal, the representatives of the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement testified before a panel of international jurists on their struggles- culturally, environmentally and and politically. The Tribunal also heard from other freedom struggles in the US, in particular the Puerto Rican. We developed a long and fruitful relationship based on solidarity, helping the Hawaiian contingent at the 1993 UN Human Rights Conference in Vienna, Austria, and then helping to coordinate the Peoples International Tribunal. Along the way, we began to discuss the possibility of uniting representatives of the island/nations invaded by the US in 1898. Several meetings of the “1998 Working Group” took place in Chicago and Hawaii, and a possible book was planned, but events, capacity and priorities changed and so did our collective plans. *All Hawai’i Stand Together

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Celebrating 10 years UrbanTheater in Humboldt Park

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by Eduardo Arocho

The Urban Theater Company of Chicago has been making high quality and intensely passionate theater in Humboldt Park since they started doing theater 10 years ago. Under the leadership of Executive Director Ivan Vega, this company of hard working actors/ support crew is able to work together so professionally and cohesively that they leave their audiences energized by their performances. They are a company that has been challenging themselves with both producing works by renowned Latino writers and honoring the history and culture of their surrounding community. This is a well-seasoned company that has mastered the art of melodrama and humor to articulate and present political and controversial material. Such is the selection for this season’s run with Adoration of The Old Woman by José Rivera. Rivera, a star playwright whose play, Screenshot 2016-06-08 10.18.47Another Word For Beauty was featured at the Goodman Theater early this year. Directed by Juan Castañeda, this production of Adoration of The Old Woman comes at the most apropos time. With Puerto Rico currently in the mist of a “Fiscal Crisis” of catastrophic proportion, this play addresses one of the root causes of this current conundrum with the extremely important, yet greatly veiled issues of the ambiguous political status of Puerto Rico in relation to the United States. Of course Jose Rivera uses his magical realist crafting to illustrate this issue with another layer of intimate imagery, a haunted bed. The Old Woman (Nydia Castillo) is tormented by a restless ghost named Adoración (Melissa DuPrey), between them a secret which is the source of their conflict, is eventually unraveled with the unwitting help of the Old Woman’s Great Granddaughter Vanessa (Debbie Baños). In the end this play, filled with raunchy humor and compassionate tears, makes room for redemption to prevail. Not only between Adoración and The Old Woman but also with the struggles of the colony of Puerto Rico.

ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN February 12 – March 13, 2016 Box Office: (312) 767-UTC1; (312) 767-8821 or http://urbantheaterchicago.org Performance Venue: UrbanTheater Company at Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division St., on the Paseo Boricua in the heart of Humboldt Park (newly renovated) Performance Times: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays

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UrbanTheater Company Showcases Award Winning Playwright in Humboldt Park “Adoration of the Old Woman” by José Rivera

Posted on 02 February 2016 by Kevin Garcia

by La Voz staff

UrbanTheater Company’s 10th anniversary season is off to a promising and exciting start! UTC has transformed their new home at Batey Urbano, thanks to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center converting Batey Urbano into a charming and welcoming storefront theater. In their second decade, UTC will continue to bring “the streets to the stage” making professional theater accessible to the community of Humboldt Park. Last weekend, the opening of José Rivera’s “Adoration of the Old Woman” premiered and was received with standing ovations by sold out audiences. Screenshot 2016-06-08 10.18.38On Wednesday, February 17th, UTC presented a powerful and riveting concert reading of “School of the Americas,” also by Rivera. UTC had the honor of hosting Mr. Rivera during his brief visit to Paseo Boricua. The reading was made possible in partnership with Goodman Theatre’s Celebration of Latina/o Artists. UTC is committed to showcasing Latina/o playwrights and actors in works that explore and illustrate Latino life and history. If you have yet to experience a production by UTC, make sure to catch “Adoration of the Old Woman.” Support Latino theater! Runs until March 13th at 2620 W. Division St. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Teatro Thursdays Dinner + Performance special available. For tickets visit: UrbanTheaterChicago.or or call (312) 767-8821.

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